KABUL: A group of women calling themselves the “Female Civil Service Employment of Afghanistan” set rally in Kabul, in which they called for women’s access to education.
They urged the Islamic Emirate to let allow women to return to work.
They say that despite officials in the caretaker government stating repeatedly that they will decide whether or not women will continue to work in government institutions, their fate is still unclear.
“In addition to not being asked to work, female employees whose jobs have been downsized or replaced–given the presence of male positions have no hope of being paid their salaries,” said Samira Azami, a civil service employee.
According to these women, they have been unable to work for 10 months and are facing a wide range of problems.
“We want to get back to work by preserving our religious rights,” said Fayeqa, a civil service employee.
Protesters also demanded that females’ schools above the sixth grade in the country be reopened.
“Our demand is that schools be opened for our daughters; otherwise, we will have to send our girls overseas,” said Nadira Rashidi, head of the “Female Civil Service Employment of Afghanistan Association”.
But the Islamic Emirate says it is working on ways to provide jobs opportunities for all citizens of the country.
“The Islamic Emirate is attempting to provide a basis for finding employment for all people of our country who need it, and they are utilizing a variety of sources to address the challenges of both men and women in our community,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.
Most female workers in government institutions have been denied access to work since the Islamic Emirate assumed control of the country, and a number of them have been fired.
The Islamic Emirate has constantly said it is committed to providing women’s rights based on Islamic values, and women are working in the government institutions where they are needed.